Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, “I Have A Dream” turned 50 last August. In Dr. King’s spirit of harmony and development, last Saturday during its 28th annual Vision Gala, Black Theatre Workshop celebrated Zab Maboungou’s huge and exceptional contribution to the development of arts and culture in Canada. For the occasion, Karla Etienne, Elli Miller-Maboungou and Mithra Rabel performed an excerpt from Lwáza, a group piece created by Zab Maboungou in 2005.
Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata also wishes to congratulate the three other award winners of this gala. Two Youth Prizes were awarded at the Vision Gala: the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award, sponsored by Stanley Aleong, was awarded to Letitia Brookes. The Victor Phillips Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group, was awarded to Leo Wiltshire. Finally, Neville Brown earned the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award for his service and commitment as a volunteer with the cultural and artistic community.
Zab Maboungou, founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a performing and choreographic artist, philosophy professor and author of the book Heya ! Poétique, historique et didactique de la danse africaine, has distinguished herself on all artistic and cultural action fronts. Remarkably, her contribution brings together and transcends identities and genres, without ever diluting the knowledge and practices which she innovated and developed in this country with an unflagging consistency. She has always shown a strong commitment to create living art, in the noblest sense of the term, an art that has succeeded in embodying human beings and their times, beyond histories and communities.